Last Wednesday Barneys New York supported The Service Club of Chicago with a cocktail party at the Oak Street store along with designer and founder of Aquazzura, Edgardo Osorio. I’ve become a huge fan of his footwear so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet him. Take a look at his collection and you will understand why he has such a cult-like following. He manages to combine sexiness with comfort, luxury and timelessness. After chatting with him now I know which styles I want for myself!
SCS: When I hear the name Aquazzura I think of beautiful strappy high heel sandals in soft leathers and suedes. I also think of trends I feel you started years ago, such as the lace-up styles we are now seeing everywhere.
EO: When I design I never think it will become trendy. I designed the lace-ups because I personally like how they look. I like shoes that are sexy and the lace-up fit well and can adapt to your feet.
SCS: Which comes first? The footwear design or do you look at fashion to inspire your designs?
EO: I actually look at the woman. I have many girlfriends who wear my shoes. I like using social media, so I see where they are going and what they wear with my shoes. I design shoes that can be worn from day to night.
SCS: I notice (thankfully) you offer some lower heels 3″ or under and they look just as sexy as the 4-1/2″ tall stilettos.
EO: We cater to many different women of all ages and tastes, so we always have 3 versions of each: flats, mid-heels and high heels.
SCS: What 3 Aquazurra shoe styles do you think every woman needs for spring ’16?
EO: 1. A chic statement flat- a date night flat! 2. The open toe bootie – there’s one with 3 cut outs that can be worn with a cocktail dress or jeans. 3. A sexy strappy sandal for summer.
About Edgardo Osorio
Born in Columbia and raised in London and Miami, Edgardo Osorio developed a passion for fine craftsmanship and modern design. After attending Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion, Edgardo began designing footwear for brands such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Sigerson Morrison and Roberto Cavalli. At 25 years old, Edgardo launched his own footwear brand Aquazzura. Featuring sexy, modern and comfortable footwear Aquazzura is globally recognized.
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Barneys New York is pleased to continue its partnership with the Service Club of Chicago.
Photos: Second City Style